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Minuteman III launches from Vandenberg

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. – An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Airman 1st Class Yvonne Morales)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on North Vandenberg.  Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech Sgt. Vincent Mouzon/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo/ Tech. Sgt.Vincent Mouzon)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority.(U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority.(U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Keith Balts, 30th Space Wing commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo by Michael Peterson/Released)

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE, Calif. -- An unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile was launched during an operational test at 4:36 a.m. here Tuesday from Launch Facility-04 on north Vandenberg. Col. Brent McArthur, 30th Space Wing vice commander, was the launch decision authority. (U.S. Air Force photo/Michael Peterson)